What Is Jordan’s Law?

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Seeing a video of any sort of crime or attack on the internet is happening more and more frequently. Most of the times, the video was taken without the wrongdoer’s knowing. The video will gain popularity if it depicts the wrongdoer messing up in some hilarious way.

The other portion of crime related videos going around are not as entertaining to most people. Some attention seekers decide to gain internet fame by creating their own video. Often times, these videos are far more sinister in nature. These wrongdoers decide to create a video of them attacking a random person. This can leave the victim in serious, or even life threatening conditions.

This was the case was the case last December when 14 year old Jordan Peisner was attacked and beaten by random teen he’d never met. The incident was recorded by an accomplice of the attacker, who then posted the recording to Snapchat. A civil lawsuit alleged that the teenager who recorded the incident and the posted it, did so the group of friend could gain fame and notoriety online.

Assembly bill 1542, nicknamed Jordan’s Law, looks to change how this sort of event is handled. The bill seeks to increase the punishment for anyone who films their attack of someone, or any other crime, for the purpose of gaining online fame by adding a one year enhancement to the punishment. It also states that anyone assisting the attacker in the filming of the attack will be held equally liable. The bill does not affect people who film random crimes.

Wacky Laws That Actually Exist

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Do you ever see something and wonder how it could have possibly come into existence? This is especially true with some laws. There are many strange laws out there. Many of them make you wonder what could have happened to make it necessary to create a law that prevents it from happening again.

California is a pretty big state, the 3rd biggest in the US. As such, our state is home to many strange and puzzling laws. Here is just a small sample of the weirdness that our state has to offer:

  • Roosters may not crow within Ontario city limits.
  • It is illegal to molest butterflies in Pacific Grove.
  • No person can charge admission to house parties in Los Angeles.
  • It is illegal to hunt moths under a Los Angeles street light.
  • Kites may not be flown higher than 10 feet off the ground in Walnut.
  • It is illegal to have more than 2 cats or dogs in San Jose.
  • It is against the law to bowl on a sidewalk in Chico.
  • El Monte sandboxes may not be used as ashtrays.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of bizarre laws in California. There are dozen more laws out there that would make most people scratch there head in confusion. Some laws cause confusion due to the restrictions that they impose, while others just have poor wording that gives the law an entirely different meaning than what was probably intended. Case and point, the Belvedere law that reads: No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash. The way this is written, it sounds like the dog owner needs to be on the leash, not the dog.

While our state may have many strange and obscure laws, we can take solace in the fact that California is not the only weird state out there. Many other state in the country have equally bizarre laws. Like Oklahoma for instance, which has outlawed whaling. That sounds great, until you realize whaling isn’t something that can actually be done in the land locked state.

Regardless of why these laws exist, most people can agree that they are pretty weird. In some instances, it may be time to reevaluate the laws. Until that time, we can all have a good laugh at these wacky laws that actually exist.

Who Determines Bail Prices?

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Everyone grasps the concept that bail is expensive. While bail bonds can greatly reduce the cost, they still tend to cost a couple thousand dollars. This is the kind of money that most people do not have lying around, waiting to be spent. It makes you wonder, if everyone knows bail is super expensive, why is it set so high? Who controls what a person’s bail is set at anyways?

Here in the United States, the 8th amendment to the Constitution protects us from excessive bail. Unfortunately for many people, today’s bail prices feel very excessive. However, there is some reason behind the high bail prices. Bail is meant to be used as incentive for a defendant to return to court for his or her trial. If the defendant behaves and makes it to all of his or her court appearances, then the bail money will be returned to him or her. So, the defendant should get the money back, but they would need the money to begin with. Most people don’t have that kind of cash.

That explains why bail is so expensive, but who gets to actually determine the price of the bail? In California, bail varies from county to county. Each county creates what is called a bail schedule. This is a list of every possible crime, and what the bail should be for that crime. Judges are allowed to adjust the bail amount depending on the person who has been accused of the crime.

Some people think that bail bond companies have some say in the pricing of bail and bail bonds. Those people would be incorrect. In California, bail bond companies have to charge 10% the price of the bail they are paying for. Some companies are allowed to lower that price slightly if the defendant, or a co-signer, meet certain requirements. However, most companies have their hands tied when it comes to pricing.

In the end, the price of the bail, and subsequent bail bond, are decided by the case’s judge and the county officials in charge of the bail schedule.

Good bail bond companies, like us, can make bail bonds affordable for their clients by creating personalized payment plans for their clients. This reduces the up-front cost of the bail bond, without changing the price. Another way we lower the cost of the bail bond is by offering discounts to union members, members of the military, members of AARP, homeowners, and defendants with private attorneys.

Getting the Best Outcome with Us

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Just moments ago, you got off the phone and learned your loved one has been arrested. Your day just became a lot more difficult, and now you have to change up some of your plans to figure out what you are going to do. You cannot just let them sit in jail waiting. You want to act fast to get them out of jail.

First, we will give you a free consultation and explain our services to you. This will tell you how we will get your loved one out of jail. We will come up with a custom payment plan for your 10% premium payment, which you will find unbeatable with other bail bond companies. We will also discuss any collateral that can be accepted, if applicable, and the possible need for a co-signer.

Other attractive features of ours include 0% interest, no hidden fees, 24/7 availability, and phone approvals, just to name a few. We have been in the bail bond industry for 30 years, and we have more satisfied clients than other bail bond companies. We have the power and ability to bail out all kinds of individuals, no matter what their financial and legal situation is. We work with every defendant and family who comes to us because we will always find a flexible solution. If someone needs help, we are right there to offer it. That is in our nature.

Posting Bail With or Without a Bail Bond Company?

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Unless you work in the bail industry, law enforcement, or are a lawyer, it is doubtful you would know exactly what to do when you learn your loved one has been arrested and needs help posting bail. Do not worry about that. For one, you never expected to be put in this kind of situation. Secondly, there are professionals who know what to do and will help and support you and your loved one.

There are a couple of ways your loved one’s bail can be posted. The first is 100% cash bail, where the entire amount of the bail must be surrendered to the court in order for your loved one to be released from custody. Your loved one will be given a court date, which they are required to show up for, not only because this is when they are set for trial, but also because your bail money can be returned if you do.

The second way to post bail is to hire a professional bail bond agency to assist and alleviate some of the stress. Rather than paying 100% of the bail to the court, you will consult with the bail bond company to create a custom payment plan. With this payment plan, you will end up paying in total, only 10% of the full bail amount. In addition, your loved one would be released from custody after paperwork is signed and processed, meaning your payment due dates will happen after your loved one is released.

This is a more affordable option that allows your loved one to be released sooner. However, there are additional contingencies. Although your 10% payment to the bail bond company will not be refunded, your loved one will still be required to show up for their court date. If they fail to do this, their bail is in jeopardy. The bail bond company may also require a co-signer and collateral, which act like insurance and securities in case the defendant does not show up for court.

Given that needing a bail is a stressful matter, most people decide to hire a bail bond company to assist them through the process. Bail bond companies such as us focus heavily on getting your loved one out of jail, leaving less for you to worry about. You have other matters to take care of, like the rest of your family, daily chores, and work. Bail bond agents like the ones that proudly represent our reliable, professional, fast, and on your side. They want to get your loved one out of jail and back home as much as you do.

Contacing Us for Bail Bonds!

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Along with providing affordable bail bonds for defendants, we can also conduct anonymous warrant searches. If you are curious to know whether or not there is a warrant out for your arrest, or the arrest of a loved one, you can ask us.

Then, you will need to turn yourself in to the police. You will go through the booking process where your mugshot is taken, your loose items confiscated, and more. Your arraignment hearing will follow the booking process. This will be where the charges against you are formally filed, and your bail determined. Once the judge announces your bail, then we can begin the paperwork.

The cost for a bail bond is 10% of the full bail amount. That means if bail is set at $40,000, then you only pay $4,000 for the bail bond. Although this $4,000 is not refundable, you get a certain amount of weeks to pay it off, as agreed upon between you and us. People who decide to post bail without a bail bond, meaning they do 100% cash bail, can get their money refunded as long as they show up for court, but it often takes them longer to come up with the money to pay for bail. They may be in police custody for weeks or months before they have all the money to pay for their bail. More often than not, bail bonds are the faster and more affordable route to posting bail.

Whether you are in need of a bail bond, an anonymous warrant check, or both, we are the team you need by your side. Agents are friendly, compassionate, and reliable and will be with you each step of the way.